Monday, August 18, 2008

How Pathetic Am I?

I painted my bedroom this weekend. I did the ceiling on Friday and two coats of paint on the walls on Saturday. After I finished I watched the Olympics. I saw the 38 year old winner of the women's marathon do extra laps in victory AFTER running 26.2 miles. Then I watched the women's swimming where 41 year old Danna Torres won a silver medal. On Sunday my legs ached ridiculously....because I alternated between getting up and down off a chair and squatting down to the floor to cut in the ceiling and walls before rolling paint on the walls, Oh, and I shoved some furniture around so I could get at the walls. I was sore from painting and these women didn't even look like they broke a sweat after their massive expenditures of energy.

Last week I was offended because when I went to the grocery store on Tuesday I was offered the senior citizen's discount (for age 55 and older) even though I won't be 40 until October (Mind you when I am 55 I will be perfectly content to look like I am 55 but at my current age I am less than thrilled to be told I look 16 years older than I am. When I am 55 I will be unhappy if someone assumes I am 71.). I'm thinking if painting makes me sore while other women my age are winning Olympic medals seemingly effortlessly maybe I should go back for the discount this week.

Either that or I should lobby the IOC to make house painting an Olympic Sport.

30 comments:

Mona said...

Yahtzee!

O dear talk about feeling sore! Yesterday there was a cloud burst & it poured buckets of water continuously for three hours. & then the water started rising & it rose to a flood situation! It was knee deep on the roads & then it started entering the house!

My ground floor was ankle deep in water, & I was running helter skelter in absolute panic, with a broom & a wiper! It took me hours to sweep that water out & then mop the floors dry at least three times!

My arms are feeling pretty sore after that! I can Relate about the soreness Lime!

(M)ary said...

i think the clerk who offered you the discount needs glasses.

RiverPoet said...

I keep waiting to be offered the senior discount because I'm letting my hair go silver. Heck. I may take the discount!

The women athletes who have broken the age barrier are incredibly inspiring. I can't do what they did, but they have opened so many doors and so many possibilities for the women that follow them. It's really incredible!

D

Queenie said...

Poor Lime its just not want you want to hear is it????
They really do need to see an optician though, there's no-way you look anywhere near 55, honest.
Young girl from my home town is doing well, I think 2 gold in swimming up to now. They interviewed her straight after the event, and her breathing was completely normal (I limp to the dustbin and I'm knackered)....

Craver Vii said...

Plus fifteen years, eh? The kid's probably on drugs. You definitely don't look it!

And yeah, those olympians got me thinking, too. Except that I was thinking that they DO experience more aches and pains than their younger counterparts, and their perseverance and discipline impresses me all the more.

G-Man said...

Some folks have no sense of judgement. They think that all Orientals look alike. The same clerk probably asks every chubby chick when is her due date..
Fuhgetaboutit!!!!
You look HOT!!!!
G..xo

furiousBall said...

i got really irate at my heroin dealer when he offered that to me too

lecram said...

House painting.... and thumb wars!

ciara said...

i hate painting. of course it's something that really needs to be done around here. shoot, i get sore from really stupid things and i'll be 42 in nov.

one time stinky and i went to eat somewhere and he ordered something that was offered on the senior menu, too..the server asks him if he wanted the senior one! LOL only thing is, he doesn't 'remember' this happening. i do, because i laughed my ass off at him. he turned 45 on saturday.

and g-what's w all the orientals looking alike, huh? LOL stinky was saying that this one lady we saw at the pool yesterday looked like my mom. i said that she didn't considering she was japanese. japanese and filipinos don't look alike. then i said, i guess we all look alike, huh? LMAO i won't repeat what he said in a jokingly manner cuz it could offend some.

Cocotte said...

I get a sore wrist when I paint. I'm pathetic too!

barman said...

Lime do not kid yourself. I would not be surprised if they would be sore too. You used muscles you do not use a lot and you over used them. I bet you used some muscles they do not use to run or swim which is why I say they would be sore too. (That is my story and I am sticking to it)

I think it is your hair. People are so thrown off by people that sport any gray at all. We were getting senior discount at this one resteraunt from time to time (I did not even realiz it) because we were with someone that was all white, They gave us all discounts and I was at least 8 to 13 years from where I could qualify.

And I am all for Olympic painting. If you need a warm up track, my place could use some paint.

cathy said...

Gee, I wake up every morning sore from sleeping.

How long did you train before you painted to get in tip top condition for the job? It isn't a valid comparison.

As for the agism get yourself a boytoy... your only as old as (what) you feel!

I lie about my age, I add ten years it never fails to impress people.

Gledwood said...

Senior citizens' discount~?? Dear me!
I was once asked for ID to take out an 18-certificate film. I was nearly 30 years old at the time!!

Fred said...

Now I know why I don't like to go to grocery stores.

david mcmahon said...

Ah, but Danna Torres said in an interview that she wants to be YOU!!

citizen of the world said...

Having paitned every room in this house plus the basement, I intend to compete should painting ever be made an Olypmic sport.

Missy said...

Lime, you don't look a day over 25, she was probably 12, the clerk right, to them everyone looks like senior citizen. Oh and Galen, I've never been asked if I was pregnant. LOL

~Tim said...

Sure, you would rule the individual cutting and rolling medley and probably the interior/exterior freestyle... but do you have a partner for the synchronized two-bedroom event?

EmBee said...

Love the label on this post. And yes, house painting should be considered an Olympic Sport!

S said...

It's probably because you dont dye your hair is all..fahget about it!

I cannot count how many times I have been asked if I was pregnant. Now that I am finally beyond my child bearing years, people have stopped asking that.
I work hard to maintain my cuddly panda bear figyah!

When I cut out clothing, which I do on the floor, my butt hurts so much the next day because of the squatting and kneeling....whatayagonnahdo?

MOTRIN, baby!

SignGurl said...

Painting is always a killer! I hurt for a week after.

As for the senior discount, I'm sure it was some stinkin' kid of 18 who thinks that anyone over 21 deserves the senior discount. I think you are gorgeous!

BTExpress said...

Don't feel badly that people think your old like me. Think about all the money you'll be saving for the extra years.

Jocelyn said...

It is only your rare maturity of mind and spirit that makes you appear anything older than 28, dearie.

Will we get photos of the paint job?

How about that American woman staggering in to finish the marathon? A regular skeleton on Adidas, that one. She actually made me feel okay about being a cushy woman.

atthewire said...

wait until you hit 50...and you get winded from breathing hard...

Diesel said...

I've been working on painting my house too, and I've got this mystery soreness in my legs. I've never been offered the senior discount, but I never get carded any more either.

Cheesy said...

To make it up to you I'll tell you what.... If we ever have the joy of sharing an adult beverage I'll make sure you get carded!

Gledwood said...

My walls are in serious need of repainting. 3 months in a new room and I've buggered them up already!!

Lehners in France said...

Hi, I arrived via POTD. I beg the cashiers in the supermarket to ask me my age when I buy wine, but they never do! I can't imagine why. Debs x

Suldog said...

To begin with, you do NOT look 55. At least, not from the photos I've seen.

Next, marathoners are insane from the get go. The only people more insane are tri-athletes. Which is more fun? Eating cookies on the couch, or running 26 miles? You know what I would choose, I know what you would choose, but which would THEY choose? I rest my case.

Finally, when you're painting, you tend to inhale fumes which throw off your perceptions, no? Maybe you dreamed all of this. Maybe you're dreaming now! It's possible I don't exist, so why are you paying even the tiniest bit of attention to me, you silly woman?

Cookies are still better than running, though.

Louise said...

I say make a request. It's amazing what things become Olympic sports these days. And I'll bet you could beat most/all of the competition! Those "athletes!" Do you think they could paint a room like you did?

The judging would be subjective, of course, but it would include just how much you WORKED which would be evident by the soreness the following day.